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The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981)

PG | | Drama, Music | 5 June 1981 (USA)
A small town stud wants to go to Nashville and be a big country star. His ambitious kid sister works as his manager. When they cross paths with a small town sheriff, their dream comes in jeopardy.

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Amanda Child
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Travis Child
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Conrad
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Melody
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Seth Ames
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Andy
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Wimbish
Lulu McNichol ...
Boogie Woogie
Royce Clark ...
Luther
Elijah Christopher Perry ...
L.C. (as Jerry Rushing)
Jerry Campbell ...
Odie
Maxwell Morrow ...
Bully #1
Bill Gribble ...
Bully #2
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ...
Bully #3 (as Lonnie Smith)
Elaine Falone ...
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Storyline

Country singer Travis (Dennis Quaid) and his younger sister Amanda (Kristy McNichol) travel to Nashville, Tennessee to find fame as singers. After getting into trouble with the law, Travis is sentenced to work detail at a prison farm. Amanda ends of falling in love with a police officer Conrad (Mark Hamill) who tries to help Travis out.

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Sex, action, humour, suspense and great songs! See more »

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Drama | Music

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5 June 1981 (USA)  »

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Accroche-toi Nashville  »

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1.85 : 1
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The title was inspired by the 1970s hit song of the same name song by Vicki Lawrence See more »

Quotes

Melody Bartlett: I'm not your prize, Seth. It's over.
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A Little Gettin' Used To
Sung by George Jones
Music & Lyrics by Sue Richards & Jerry Taylor
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McNichol is terrifically sexy, but ragtag comedy-drama is just adequate...
27 November 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

After 1980's "Little Darlings" grossed some $40 million at the box office, everyone credited scene-stealer Kristy McNichol with its success; the teen actress then had the opportunity to do anything she wanted...and she chose this comedy-drama with country music. Why? Because she gets to sing, act sexy and tough, be soft, and do a drunk routine (which doesn't come off--she's one of the most unconvincing drunks ever). McNichol plays business-minded sis to brother Dennis Quaid, a hell-raising, skirt-chasing musician, but his scrapes with the law make Kristy turn to cop Mark Hamill for help. That's the whole plot, really. The picture is such a mess from a director's standpoint, I can imagine the editor (Anne Goursand) sitting at her cutting machine surrounded by reels of film going out of her mind. Pieces of it are energetic, McNichol is engaging, but the guys are colorless, the writing is pedestrian, and the ending is dopey instead of moving. The rather ungainly title is lifted from a 1972 hit song, which has been rewritten completely and rerecorded here. Why did they bother using it at all? ** from ****


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